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Miami Heat, Boston Celtics Knee Amid Capitol Violence, Jacob Blake Decision – Deadline

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat players knelt during the national anthem ahead of Wednesday night’s game, marking a dark moment in a chaotic day.

The players’ protest comes after supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol as members of Congress gathered to certify that the constituency votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. The violent riot that broke out Wednesday morning interrupted proceedings in Congress and saw government officials evacuated from the scene.

As the NBA pros took a knee in dismay at the assault on Capitol Hill, they also protested against the decision in the Jacob Blake shootout. On Tuesday, Kenosha officials ruled that the officer who had shot Blake several times would not be charged.

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“We play tonight’s game with a heavy decision after yesterday’s decision in Kenosha, and knowing that protesters in our country’s capital are being treated differently by political leaders depending on which side of certain issues they are on. “The Miami Heat said in a statement. “The stark difference between the way the protesters were treated in the spring and last summer and the encouragement given to protesters today who acted illegally shows how much work we still have to do.

Heat’s statement not only refers to the seemingly lenient behavior of police officers towards the rioters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, but also to Trump’s encouragement to his supporters. On Wednesday, Trump said “we love you” to his rioting supporters and called it “very special,” before asking them to leave the National Building.

The Boston Celtics share the same statement on social media, reiterating messages of dismay and urgency to remember “injustice in our society.”

Ahead of the game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke about Kenosha’s decision and Wednesday’s event in Washington DC.

“It’s really disheartening to see this verdict, really disappointing. It’s really just a series of difficult events, ”Spoelstra said.

In 2020, the NBA and WNBA also expressed their support for Jacob Blake after the August shooting in Wisconsin. Both the NBA and WNBA have postponed games to protest the incident of police brutality.

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